Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development

ACBAR Express January - February 2020

Published: 03:45 PM 25-03-2020 Updated: 03:49 PM 25-03-2020

ACBAR Statement - Putting Afghan People at the Heart of the Peace Process 

ACBAR’s 152 NGO members welcome the agreement, signed on Saturday 29 February 2020 by the United States of America and the Taliban. We hope that it will mark the beginning of a better future for Afghanistan. We call on all parties in Afghanistan that have been part of the armed conflict to now focus on a peaceful settlement that provides justice, dignity and inclusion for all Afghans. Click here 

ACBAR Symposiums Herat & Balkh

At these two meetings ACBAR shared 7 years of capacity building achievements for national staff of NGOs and CSOs in 30 provinces of Afghanistan. The project was funded by the Government of Japan and implemented in partnership with a consortium of Japanese NGOs (AAR Japan, JVC and PWJ) and 3 NGO Coordination Bodies (ACBAR, ANCB and SWABAC). After the presentation of the results of the project, panel discussions were conducted with NGO representatives and Government representatives in Herat and Balkh provinces to discuss SDG Goal 17 and how the Government and NGOs and CSOs can partner up better and contribute towards implementation of the SDGs in Afghanistan.  

Afghan Displacement Forum Bringing the Global Refugee Forum discussions to Afghanistan  

ADSP, UNHCR and ACBAR jointly hosted the Afghan Displacement Forum on 5 February 2020. The Kabul event sought to bring together a wide range of organisations and key players interested in and supporting efforts on addressing Afghan displacement. This follows the first Global Refugee Forum (GRF) which was held in Geneva in December 2019 and aimed to maintain dialogue and thinking around how to work collectively towards meeting the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). Further reading

UNAMA Report - Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

The armed conflict in Afghanistan continued to take a heavy toll on the civilian population in 2019 with UNAMA recording over 10,000 civilian casualties for the sixth year in a row. Since UNAMA began systematic documentation in 2009, it has documented more than 100,000 civilian casualties, with more than 35,000 killed and 65,000 injured. See here

MAIL and FAO Report - Afghanistan Drought Risk Management Strategy

The 2018-drought was one of the most severe droughts that impacted Afghanistan in the last four decades. It directly affected two-thirds of Afghanistan - 22 out of 34 provinces - and impacted more than 10.5 million people most severely apart from the agriculture, livestock and irrigation sectors in the country. MAIL and FAO developed this strategy for drought risk management to manage droughts better in the future. Click here 

ADSP Report - A Long Way Home: Obstacles and Opportunities for IDP Return in Afghanistan

While durable solutions still remain out of reach for Afghanistan’s internally displaced persons (IDPs), with estimates of 2.2 million IDPs last recorded in 2017, evidence related to durable solutions – and specifically to the return of IDPs – is widely lacking. Research on internal displacement has focused on setting local integration on the policy agenda, this research study in Afghanistan has focused on what happens after their return ‘home’. Read more 

ADSP Action Plan for Integration - Herat

Herat is host some of the largest numbers of IDPs in Afghanistan. Conflict, lack of economic opportunity and natural disaster have driven displacement over past decades, leading to the settlement of groups of IDPs, returnees, and economic migrants in and around Herat city. Lack of infrastructure in both urban and peri-urban areas, and poverty in host communities have made support for — and integration of — IDPs challenging. This assessment aims to guide programming and policy interventions of ADSP members, as well as other humanitarian and development partners, to support the early recovery of communities affected by displacement in Herat. Click here

ODI Paper - Donor Interventions in Afghanistan; Lessons for Peace

An in-depth research project by Overseas Development Institute (ODI) looking at the peace process in Afghanistan through the lens of governance and international cooperation. Leveraging specific lessons learned from past peace processes in Afghanistan, this paper considers how peace processes and associated programming might be designed to support sustainable peace that delivers for all Afghans. See here 

BMC Research Article  "The midwife helped me..."

Afghanistan has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality ratios, with more than 60% of women having no access to a skilled birth attendant in some areas. The main challenges for childbearing Afghan women are access to skilled birth attendance, emergency obstetric care and reliable contraception. The aim of this study is to explore women’s experiences of professional midwifery care in four villages in Afghanistan covered by the project, so as to reveal challenges and improve services in rural and conflict-affected areas of the country. Click here